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03.26.2012

Crowe Les MisLast week gave us our first glimpse  of a much-changed Hugh Jackman in the part of Jean Valjean on the set of LES MISERABLES, and today it's Russell Crowe's turn.

Though not as drastically altered as Jackman, we nonetheless can see that Crowe is well and grimly suited  to play Inspector Javert, the French officer of the law who makes it his mission to hunt down Valjean.  We always knew that Crowe could act  the part, and I think it's pretty clear that he can look the part.  So the only thing that is yet unproven is whether Crowe can sing the part, as LES MISERABLES can be challenging enough for anyone.  But I do think (i.e. hope) that, despite his star-stature, Crowe would not have been cast had his voice not been nearly where it needed to be already.

Judgement day, for both Jean Valjean's fate and Crowe's singing skill, comes this December 7th.

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Extra Tidbit: What did you think of Crowe's old band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts?
Source: The Daily Mail

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3:33PM on 03/26/2012
Hugh Jackman. Russell Crowe. Drastically altered appearances. Do I even need to wait for the trailers to be stoked??
Hugh Jackman. Russell Crowe. Drastically altered appearances. Do I even need to wait for the trailers to be stoked??
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3:48PM on 03/26/2012
Two Aussies playing Frenchmen.
Two Aussies playing Frenchmen.
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4:05PM on 03/26/2012
Is this going to be like HUGO in the sense that although in France, no-one actually speaks French?? (I swear it bugged me the whole movie...)
Is this going to be like HUGO in the sense that although in France, no-one actually speaks French?? (I swear it bugged me the whole movie...)
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4:22PM on 03/26/2012

30 Odd Foot of Grunts??

You do know that Crowe has sung lead in his own band for over 10 years right?
You do know that Crowe has sung lead in his own band for over 10 years right?
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10:57PM on 03/26/2012
Crowe was also attached to star in "Sweeney Todd" when Sam Mendes was set to direct the film.
Crowe was also attached to star in "Sweeney Todd" when Sam Mendes was set to direct the film.
8:15PM on 03/26/2012
You do know that singing with a BAND doesn't automatically qualify you to sing in a MUSICAL? Why not cast Steven Tyler? Tom Petty? Eddie Vedder? The role calls for a very strong BASS voice. Theatrical in nature. Not rock and roll. We'll see how he does, but his previous gig doesn't mean squat here.
You do know that singing with a BAND doesn't automatically qualify you to sing in a MUSICAL? Why not cast Steven Tyler? Tom Petty? Eddie Vedder? The role calls for a very strong BASS voice. Theatrical in nature. Not rock and roll. We'll see how he does, but his previous gig doesn't mean squat here.
5:11PM on 03/26/2012
Hugh Jackman is SO going to own this role.
Hugh Jackman is SO going to own this role.
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6:17PM on 03/26/2012
let me guess. Crowe drowns himself?
let me guess. Crowe drowns himself?
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10:35PM on 03/26/2012
I'm a big fan of Les Miserables, and can't way to see Russell and Hugh do their stuff.
But...

WHY NO MUTTON CHOPS?!

TWO FOUR SIX OH OOOOOONE!!!
I'm a big fan of Les Miserables, and can't way to see Russell and Hugh do their stuff.
But...

WHY NO MUTTON CHOPS?!

TWO FOUR SIX OH OOOOOONE!!!
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2:20AM on 03/27/2012
The idea of another take on Les Miserables does nothing for me... but the cast has me intrigued at least.
The idea of another take on Les Miserables does nothing for me... but the cast has me intrigued at least.
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3:40AM on 03/27/2012

Master and Commander

Am I the only one who saw this picture and his hat and was immediately saddened that Crowe isn't playing Lucky Jack Aubrey again?
Am I the only one who saw this picture and his hat and was immediately saddened that Crowe isn't playing Lucky Jack Aubrey again?
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6:02AM on 03/27/2012
Would love to see the return of Jack Aubrey.
Would love to see the return of Jack Aubrey.
4:02AM on 03/28/2012

Curious

He looks the part well enough, but I wonder if he can hit that bottom F when he confronts Valjean. Gonna have to film that scene early in the morning...

You wear a different chaaaaiiiiin.....
He looks the part well enough, but I wonder if he can hit that bottom F when he confronts Valjean. Gonna have to film that scene early in the morning...

You wear a different chaaaaiiiiin.....
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